Jonathan Cheyne Partner

Jonathan is a corporate lawyer who specialises in regulated and unregulated mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets transactions and corporate finance.

With experience spanning a range of industry sectors including engineering, construction & infrastructure, manufacturing, agribusiness and professional services, and a professional background that includes roles as an equity analyst for a leading stockbroking firm and as a lawyer with Australia’s corporate regulator, ASIC, Jonathan is ideally equipped to plan, manage and execute clients’ most important corporate transactions.  He is recognised by clients and their financial advisers for his hands-on and responsive approach, technical skill and commercial pragmatism.    

In addition to his transactional practice, Jonathan advises listed and unlisted corporate clients on company and securities law issues and corporate governance matters.  He regularly presents on corporate governance topics for the Governance Institute of Australia and has lectured for many years on corporate law issues for FINSIA/Kaplan.  He is a member of the Corporate Lawyers Association.



Brown Consulting (a division of Calibre Group Ltd)

Advised on the cross border acquisition of Spiire New Zealand Ltd from Downer EDI.

Adelaide Brighton Ltd

Acted on the acquisition of concrete, quarry and mining assets in Queensland.

US multinational manufacturer

Acted for US multinational manufacturer of flow control products on its first Australian acquisition.

JTA Group

Acted in the sale of JTA Group, an Australian based international health and social sector consulting firm to Abt Associates, a global leader in the international development sector


Acted for a manufacturer of retail and wholesale food products to Kerry Group.

National engineering consultancy

Acted for a national engineering consultancy in connection with its sale to a global US based private equity fund.

National food distributor

Acted for a national distributor of food products to a large private equity backed purchaser.


Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland


  • Queensland Law Society
  • Law Society of South Australia
  • Corporate Lawyers Association

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  • D&O Insurance: Back to Basics (Governance Institute of Australia)
  • Responding to Shareholder Activism (Senior executive roundtable)
  • Norcast v Bradken (Broker/adviser presentation)
  • Shareholder Agreements in Practice (Professional master class)
  • The Hastie Group collapse (Governance Institute of Australia)